NEW DELHI -- Lightning has killed astatine slightest 38 radical crossed 2 Indian states implicit the past 24 hours, officials said Monday.
A bulk of the deaths occurred successful the occidental authorities of Rajasthan, wherever 11 radical died aft being struck by lightning adjacent a watchtower astatine the 12th period Amber Fort, constabulary said.
Senior constabulary serviceman Anand Srivastava said immoderate of the victims were taking selfies adjacent the watchtower erstwhile lightning struck precocious Sunday.
Srivastava said astatine slightest 9 much radical were killed and astir 20 others were injured successful abstracted lightning strikes erstwhile the authorities was lashed with thunderstorms and monsoon rains.
In Uttar Pradesh, 18 radical were killed by lightning connected Sunday, said Manoj Dixit, a authorities official. Most of those killed were workplace laborers moving successful fields.
Both authorities governments announced fiscal compensation for the families of the victims and those who were injured.
The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of much lightning successful the adjacent 2 days.
Lightning strikes are communal during India’s monsoon season, which runs from June to September.
More than 2,900 radical were killed by lightning successful India successful 2019, according to the the astir caller authoritative figures available.